Updated 06/05/2012 06:54 PM
Peter Wlasiuk murder trial underway
A decade-long court battle resumes in Chenango County Court as prosecutors are trying a murder suspect for a third time. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us how the Peter Wlasiuk case has gotten to this point as he heads back on trial for the murder of his wife.
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CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's been ten years since Patricia Wlasiuk's death. But Chenango County Officials are still trying to prosecute the man who allegedly caused her death.
Peter Wlasiuk, 42, is accused of killing of his wife back in 2002 and then staging an accident to make it look as though she had crashed her car in Guilford Lake and drowned.
Wlasiuk was originally found guilty of the charges in 2003 and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. But the verdict was thrown out by a state appellate court in 2006 due to errors in the case.
Wlasiuk appeared in court for a second time in 2008 and was once again convicted on the charges. But that verdict was also overturned last year when the appellate division decided that Wlasiuk had an ineffective lawyer.
The court said the defense should have challenged a biased juror as well as hearsay evidence that Wlasiuk's wife feared he would kill her.
Now Wlasiuk is appearing in court for the third time, with a new lawyer at his side.
Attorney Mark Loughran will defend Wlasiuk, while the case will be prosecuted by Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride.
Jury selection is expected to resume Wednesday.
So far, eleven jurors had been selected to hear the case. One final juror still needs to be chosen for the 12 person panel, as well as two alternate jurors.